Blue Bell issues voluntary recall over possible listeria concerns

BRENHAM, TEXAS - Blue Bell has issued a voluntary recall for two types of ice cream produced in their Sylacauga, Alabama plant after No Egg Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough from a third-party supplier was possibly contaminated with listeria. 

The cookie dough was supplied by Aspen Hills, Inc. The company said it distributed 578 cases of recalled cookie dough to the Sylacauga plant on July 26, and a total of 1,358 cases of recalled cookie dough to Blue Bell's Brenham facility on Aug. 9 and Aug. 22. Blue Bell issued the following statement regarding the recalled cookie dough shipped to Brenham:

"None of the product produced in Brenham using the recalled ingredient has been shipped into the marketplace."

In a press release, Blue Bell said that no illnesses have been reported and they are conducting the recall "out of an abundance of caution." Products currently on the shelves have tested negative for listeria, the company said. 

The recall covers the following products: 

  • Half gallons of Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough - Code Dates 082618226
  • Half gallons of Blue Bell Cookie Two Step - Code Dates 080418222,081818224
  • Pints of Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough - Code Dates 081518242,082418242

The recalled products were distributed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people or those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Consumers should not eat the recalled products and can return them to the place of purchase for a refund. 

For more information, contact 979-836-7977 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

(© 2016 KVUE)


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